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    BB55's Picks - 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Semifinals

    East
    Toronto FC over New York Red Bulls
    Columbus Crew SC over New York City FC

    West
    Portland Timbers over Houston Dynamo
    Seattle Sounders FC over Vancouver Whitecaps
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    The 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs is down to the Final Four.

    In the Eastern Conference Finals, it will Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and the 2017 MLS Supporter's Shield winners Toronto FC taking on the Columbus Crew.

    Both of those teams knocked out both New York City area teams in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Toronto FC advanced by the away goals rule over the New York Red Bulls, 2-2 with TFC having a 2-1 away goal edge.

    Victor Vazquez and Giovinco scored two away goals in Red Bull Arena in the first leg while Daniel Royer gave the Red Bulls a lifeline with a penalty.

    Red Bulls livewire striker Bradley Wright-Phillips gave Toronto FC a scare with his away goal in the 53rd minute and had a chance to at least force extra time with a chance later in the game, but was denied by Alex Bono.

    Greg Vanney's men will take on a Columbus Crew side thriving while facing an uncertain future.

    The Crew defeated David Villa and New York City FC 4-3 on aggregate.

    In the first leg from MAPFRE Stadium, Ola Kamara, Artur, Harrison Afful and Justin Meram clobbered NYCFC in a 4-1 rout despite Villa's away goal.

    In the second leg inside Yankee Stadium, Villa scored a 16th minute penalty and Andraz Struna helped NYCFC double their lead to 2-0 and needed one more goal to advance via the away goals rule.

    However, Gregg Berhalter and the Crew book their spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    As for the Western Conference Finals, the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC will take on the Houston Dynamo.

    Brian Schmetzer's Sounders outlasted one Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 on aggregate.

    After a goalless draw in Vancouver's BC Place stadium, the Sounders needed a second-half brace from their main talisman Clint Dempsey inside CenturyLink Field to break Whitecaps' hearts.

    Meanwhile, the Dynamo sent the Western Conference top seed Portland Timbers packing after a 2-1 win on aggregate.

    After a scoreless stalemate in Houston, Portland drew first blood inside Providence Park as Dairon Asprilla gave the Timbers a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute.

    But away goals from Dylan Remick before halftime and Mauro Manotas' second away goal in the 77th minute helped the Dynamo book a spot in the Western Conference Finals against Seattle.

    East Final: Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC
    First Leg: November 21 in MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OH
    Second Leg: November 29 in BMO Field, Toronto, ON, Canada

    West Final: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo
    First Leg: November 21 in BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
    Second Leg: November 30 in CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    BB55's Picks - 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals

    East: Columbus Crew over Toronto FC
    West: Seattle Sounders over Houston Dynamo
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    It will be a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup Final.

    The defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders and 2017 MLS Supporters' Shield winners Toronto FC meet again in the 2017 MLS Cup Final inside Toronto's BMO Field on Saturday December 9, 2017.

    Clint Dempsey and the Sounders destroyed the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Finals 5-0 on aggregate with Will Bruin scoring two goals in the tie.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC have to outlast Trillium Cup rivals Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on aggregate to win the Eastern Conference title.

    Jozy Altidore netted the only goal of the tie in the second leg after the hour mark to see TFC through.
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    2017 MLS Cup Final: Seattle Sounders FC at Toronto FC
    Saturday December 9, 2017 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT on ESPN

    BB55's Pick: Seattle Sounders over Toronto FC 2-1 (after extra time)
    Why? Toronto FC has been the dominant force in the 2017 Major League Soccer season especially at their home ground at BMO Field.

    Greg Vanney has added more firepower to their squad with the addition of Victor Vazquez to compliment the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley and know to grind out results in their home field during the MLS Cup Playoffs.

    However, the Seattle Sounders have been hot coming into the MLS Cup Final and Clint Dempsey and the Sounders will look to become the fourth team in MLS history to repeat as MLS Cup champions.

    I think it's going to be an exciting game as both teams will bring their goal scoring prowess to the table, but I think the Sounders have the slight edge on defense that will give them a little more extra to outlast TFC again.
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    TFC!

    The Reds come through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthianblast View Post
    TFC!

    The Reds come through.
    Yes indeed Toronto FC came through with sweet revenge on the Seattle Sounders in a 2-0 shutout in the 2017 MLS Cup Final thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore in the hour mark and Victor Vazquez with the sealer in stoppage time.

    The first Canadian side to win the MLS Cup.
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    Through 28 of 38 games, Barcelona is undefeated in La Liga. Barcelona leads Atletico Madrid by 8 points, while Real Madrid is 15 points behind. Atletico Madrid has allowed 12 goals and Barcelona has allowed 13 goals. Both of them could break the league record of 0.474 goals allowed per game in a season (0.474 is 18 in 38 games).

    The only close title battle in one of the top five leagues is in Serie A, where Juventus leads Napoli by 5 points. Napoli has 1 fewer game played and hosts 13th place Genoa today. Paris Saint-Germain leads Ligue 1 by 14 points, Manchester City leads the English Premier League by 16 points, and Bayern Munich leads the Bundesliga by 17 points. Bayern Munich can expand their lead to 20 points today over Schalke 04, who won yesterday. Bayern Munich has a +47 goal differential. The sum of the next three best goal differentials is +45. Third place Borussia Dortmund is closer to 16th, which goes to a promotion/relegation playoff with the third place club from the Bundesliga 2, than to first.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_C...ampions_League

    The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC defeated Mexican clubs to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals. MLS clubs have only won the tournament in 1998 and 2000 when it was the CONCACAF Champions Cup, and MLS clubs got to play entirely at home, with D.C. United winning in 1998 and Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000. Now all clubs play half their games at home and half away. Toronto FC will host the first leg against Club America, who has the most titles with 7. The Red Bulls will host the second leg against Chivas Guadalajara, whose only title was in 1962. Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara is the biggest rivalry in Mexico and will be the final if both of them beat MLS clubs. Mexican clubs have won the last 12 tournaments and had the Final loser is 9 of them. Deportivo Saprissa (of Costa Rica) in 2008, Real Salt Lake in 2011, and Montreal Impact in 2015 were the only non-Mexican Finalists during that time. The last non-Mexican champion was Deportivo Saprissa in 2005.

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    Univision Deportes will have a CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal doubleheader tomorrow at 8:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. The Red Bulls, who lost 1-0 at Chivas Guadalajara, host the first game. Toronto FC, who won 3-1 hosting Club America, play in Mexico. The remaining Mexican clubs are the biggest rivals in Mexico, and they have never played in the CONCACAF Champions League Final. Club America has the most titles with 7, including most of the competition's history when it was the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Chivas Guadalajara won the first title in 1962, but hasn't won since then.

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    The New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips needs 1 goal to become the eleventh player to score 100 MLS regular season goals. The two area clubs and Atlanta United are tied for the most points per game in MLS with exactly 2. I wonder how much people would care if the Red Bulls played NYCFC in the playoffs.

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    Atlanta United's Josef Martinez tied the MLS season record with 27 goals, and he has 9 games left.

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    It's time for the special one to go. There is absolutely no excuse for what just happened.
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    RIP Pete Cheng; the commish will be missed.

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    Josef Martinez scored Atlanta United's winning goal to break the MLS record with 28 in a season.

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    I’m rooting like hell for Usain Bolt to be great at soccer.

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    If the New York Red Bulls win their last 2 games, they will break Toronto's season points record set last year, but if Atlanta and the Red Bulls win their last 2 games, Atlanta will finish with 1 more point. If the Red Bulls win their last game on October 28 hosting Orlando, who is last in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls will break the record for points at home in a season. The Red Bulls have 13 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses at home, but the game I went to was one of the losses. The clubs are also competing to qualify for the 2019 Concacaf Champions League for the best clubs in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Atlanta has an average attendance of 51,826, and could have one of the highest attendance in Concacaf Champions League history in the tournament that starts in February. The finalist with the most points hosts MLS Cup, and Atlanta and the Red Bulls have clinched having more points than anybody in the Western Conference. Before MLS Cup, the Red Bulls could face NYCFC in the Conference Semifinals or Final.

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    really hoping Juve can win the treble

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    Quote Originally Posted by fightingirish595 View Post
    really hoping Juve can win the treble
    It's either Juve or Barca that can win the mega European Treble.
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    The 2018 MLS Cup Playoff Bracket

    Note: Re-seeding after Knockout Round

    Eastern Conference
    Bye into the two-legged Conference Semifinals
    1. New York Red Bulls (2018 MLS Supporters' Shield Champions)
    2. Atlanta United FC

    One-Legged Knockout Stage Round
    3. New York City FC
    4. D.C. United
    5. Columbus Crew SC
    6. Philadelphia Union

    Western Conference
    Bye into the two-legged Conference Semifinals
    1. Sporting Kansas City
    2. Seattle Sounders FC

    One-Legged Knockout Stage Round
    3. Los Angeles FC
    4. FC Dallas
    5. Portland Timbers
    6. Real Salt Lake
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    BB55's 2018 MLS Cup Playoff Picks - Knockout Round

    Eastern Conference
    New York City FC over Philadelphia Union
    Columbus Crew over D.C. United

    Western Conference
    Los Angeles FC over Real Salt Lake
    FC Dallas over Portland Timbers
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    New York City FC punched their ticket to the Conference Semifinals for the third year in a row after dismantling the Philadelphia Union 3-1 inside Yankee Stadium.

    NYCFC designated playing midfielder Maximiliano Moralez led the way with a goal and two assists on tallies from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi in the 10th minute and NYCFC captain striker David Villa in the 26th minute.

    Cory Burke spoiled Sean Johnson's clean sheet bid in the 83rd minute.

    NYCFC will take on Atlanta United FC in one Eastern Conference semifinal clash.

    Meanwhile, it's another crash ending for FC Dallas as the Portland Timbers grabbed a scalp inside Toyota Stadium in a 2-1 victory.

    Diego Valeri scored a brace as the Timbers will await the winner of the Los Angeles FC-Real Salt Lake clash to see if the Timbers take on the West top seed Sporting Kansas City or their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Seattle Sounders.
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    For the second consecutive year, Columbus Crew SC went on the road and broke somebody's hearts in a penalty shootout in a Knockout Round match and punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Last year, it was Atlanta United FC inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This year, it was D.C. United inside Audi Field as the Crew booked their fourth Conference Semifinals appearance in the last five years, edging out Wayne Rooney and D.C. United 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw after extra time.

    Frederic Brillant gave D.C. a 1-0 lead 21 minutes in with a header.

    However, Federico Higuain equalized for the Crew nine minutes later and that will be the last goal in regulation as the match was into extra time.

    D.C. United had to substitute Paul Arriola out of the game when Arriola was injured.

    Columbus drew first blood in extra time as Harrison Afful whipped in a cross and Higuain completed his brace with a header in the 96th minute to give the Crew a 2-1 lead.

    Pedro Santos had to leave the game for the Crew with an injury in the 109th minute.

    D.C. forced penalties after Nick DeLeon tied the game at 2-all in the 116th minute.

    The Crew had to use another substitute due to injury when Afful left banged up.

    With the match in a Desmond 2-2 affair, a place in the Eastern Conference semifinal against the top seeded and 2018 MLS Supporters' Shield winners New York Red Bulls was decided from the spot.

    In the first round, Higuain scored for the Crew and like he did in Atlanta last year, Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zach Steffen was brilliant in the shootout as he saved Rooney's spot kick.

    In Round 2, Wil Trapp and Yamil Asad both converted for their squads as Columbus still led 2-1 after Round 2.

    Gyasi Zardes tried to give the Crew a 3-1 lead in Round 3, but Bill Hamid stoned him.

    That allowed Zoltan Stieber to equalized for D.C. United as the shootout was 2-2 after three rounds.

    In Round 4, Niko Hansen made it 3-2 Columbus with his converted penalty.

    Steffen came up trumps again as he saved Luciano Acosta's penalty as the Crew led 3-2 after Round 4.

    In Round 5, Patrick Mullins could've sealed it for the Crew from 12 yards out, but was unlucky as his penalty hit the right post!

    Nick DeLeon had to score for D.C. United to force a sixth round, but skied his penalty to give Columbus a date with the New York Red Bulls.

    Meanwhile inside Banc of California Stadium, sixth seeded Real Salt Lake won their first MLS Cup Playoff Game since 2013 after stunning the third-seeded expansion Los Angeles FC, 3-2.

    RSL drew first blood in the 21st minute as Brooks Lennon whipped in a cross and Damir Kreilach was unmarked in the center of the goal. Kreilach took the cross down with his chest and fired a thunderbolt into the back of the net to give RSL a 1-0 lead.

    LAFC equalized 10 minutes later with some help from some rowdy fans throwing ice onto the field hitting RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando before that.

    Carlos Vela whipped in a set piece into the area and Danilo Silva heads it in to tie the game at 1-1 at halftime.

    LAFC grabbed their first lead of the game in the 54th minute as Lee Nguyen sent a through ball that found Christian Ramirez who slides it past Rimando to give Bob Bradley's men a 2-1 lead.

    However, Kreilach equalized for RSL again four minutes later with a brilliant half-volley standing up from outside the box.

    These are the two brilliant goals from Kreilach as he completed his brace of golazos.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVhIriDQvPA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENqxw-fv9Zs

    Kreilach wasn't done as RSL took a 3-2 lead after the 69th minute. Kreilach collected the ball from outside the box and found Jefferson Savarino on the right hand side who fired a shot that deflected off Walker Zimmerman and into the back of the net.

    Zimmerman was credited for an own goal.

    LAFC tried to tie it up, but RSL hangs on to set up a date with the West's top seed Sporting Kansas City in the Conference Semifinals.
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    2018 MLS Cup Playoffs - Conference Semifinals

    Notes:
    - Two-legged tie.
    - Most goals via aggregate wins.
    - If overall aggregate is tied after the second leg, the team with the most away goals wins.
    - If both overall and away goals aggregates are tied over two legs, two 15-minute halves of extra-time will be played with a fourth substitution allowed. Most goals wins.
    - If scores still are tied after extra time, penalty shootout will decide the winner.

    Penalty Shootout Notes:
    - Both teams get five rounds each.
    - Most goals wins.
    - If scores are still tied after five rounds, a sudden death of one miss, one make comes into play.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    1. New York Red Bulls v. 5. Columbus Crew
    2. Atlanta United FC v. 3. New York City FC

    Western Conference Semifinals
    1. Sporting Kansas City v. 6. Real Salt Lake
    2. Seattle Sounders v. 5. Portland Timbers
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    BB55's Picks - 2018 MLS Cup: Conference Semifinals

    Note: Picks in Bold.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    1. New York Red Bulls v. 5. Columbus Crew
    2. Atlanta United FC v. 3. New York City FC

    Western Conference Semifinals
    1. Sporting Kansas City v. 6. Real Salt Lake
    2. Seattle Sounders v. 5. Portland Timbers
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    2018 MLS Cup Playoffs - Conference Semifinals

    First Leg Fixtures: November 4, 2018

    From MLSSoccer.com

    CLB v. NYRB 3 PM ET/12 PM PT
    NYCFC v. ATL 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT
    POR v. SEA 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT
    RSL v. SKC 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
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    Columbus and Atlanta won 1-0, Portland won 2-1, and Real Salt Lake hosted a 1-1.

    With a win and an Atlanta loss on the last day of the regular season, the Red Bulls won the Supporters Shield for most regular season points for the third time in six years. The Red Bulls broke the record for points in a season and had the first item in FIFA's The Week in Numbers at https://www.fifa.com/news/y=2018/m=1...ers-x3476.html which says:

    "71 points is what New York Red Bulls finished the regular season with to break the MLS record set by Toronto FC in 2017 (69). Long-time leaders Atlanta United lost two of their last four games, while the Red Bulls won their last five to snatch a third Supporters’ Shield in six years."

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